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The '''United States Sanitary Commission''' was a private relief agency created by federal legislation on June 18, 1861, to support sick and wounded soldiers of the U.S. Army during the American Civil War
[The official warrant or order for the organization of the Sanitary Commission appears to have issued from the War Department office, Sunday, 9 June 1861, and to have received President Lincoln's signature four days subsequently.]
It operated across the North, raised an estimated $25 million in Civil War era revenue (assuming 1865 dollars, $ million in ) and in-kind contributions
to support the cause, and enlisted thousands of volunteers. The president was Henry Whitney Bellows
, and Frederick Law Olmsted
acted as executive secretary. It was modeled on the British Sanitary Commission, set...